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A sunrise shoot of the Taj that turns out to be one of an ancient pavillion and a modern antenna. The pavillion, located opp the Taj Mahal, across the Yamuna river, appears to be part of the "Moonlight Garden", said to be built as the same time as the Taj in 1648.

Mughal charbaghs are rectangular in form, with the tomb in the centre. The Taj Mahal is unusual as the tomb is at the end rather than at the centre of the garden. Recently there has been an archaeological project that has proved the existence of the Mahtab Bagh or "Moonlight Garden" on the other side of the Yamuna. This garden is a mirror image, and shows that the Taj did indeed sit at the centre of the garden. This provides a different interpretation that the Yamuna itself was incorporated into the garden's design, and was meant to be seen as one of the rivers of Paradise.

If it's indeed true, then this pavilion could be at least 350 yrs old?

www.the-south-asian.com/Jan2001/taj_complex.jpg

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